Monday, November 18, 2013

Bengals player to booing fans: We don't need you

During the team's 41-20 victory on Sunday, some fans of the Cincinnati Bengals were not happy with the offense, and decided to voice their displeasure by showering the players with a barrage of boos.

This didn't sit well with defensive end Michael Johnson.

“If you’re not believing and being positive, leave,” Johnson told’s Coley Harvey. “We don’t need you. Because that’s what we’re about around here — staying focused, staying positive and keeping our energy going. Negativity breeds negativity, and we don’t do that around here.

“I don’t appreciate that,” Johnson said. “Stay with us and believe with us. That’s what you’re here for. You’re here to support. If something bad happens, that’s not our plan. Stay positive, stay encouraging. We’ll fight. Just stick with us a while.”

While some will argue that fans have a right to show their discontent by booing, those same people should also hold the belief that Johnson is entitled to his own opinion, too. Yes, fans pay hard-earned money to watch their team play and be entertained, but players have the right to complain just as much as the fans do.

Of course, in a perfect world, nobody would complain and words would be said only when they were positive. We don't live in that kind of fantasyland world, though.


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